Author Archives: Michael Johnston

New Recordings of My Restored Music

New Recordings of My Restored Music Today, I’m posting the newest recordings of some of my restored music for you to hear. They are from a concert by John Apple and David Palmer from March 8 and here is the … Continue reading

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Tedde Gibson On the NBC Nightly News (video)

Theater Organ Making Small Comeback Enjoy this video clip from Seattle, Washington, of its Paramount Theatre and Tedde Gibson. “The theater organ’s heyday was nearly 100 years ago but one Seattle movie house is trying to restore a little of … Continue reading

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New Randall Dyer Organ in Tuscaloosa

First Methodist Gets New $750,000 Pipe Organ Read about the new organ in First United Methodist in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Note that Will Young, organist/director at Charlotte’s First Presbyterian Church will participate in the dedication. Also, the blower used is from … Continue reading

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Surprise: Ball Players Choose Pop Records Over Organ Music

Batters Will Finally Have Walk-up Music at Wrigley Field According to Mark Townsend, the Chicago Cubs are “the only team in baseball that doesn’t play walk-up music over the PA for their batters. Instead, fans have been treated to over … Continue reading

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How the Church Organist Is Portrayed

How the Church Organist Is Portrayed I saw this depiction of “The Church Organist” from an old episode of The Simpsons being used in a blog, and I thought it might make you smile. That’s it, really; I offer no … Continue reading

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Restoration of the Moot Hall Norman and Beard

Colchester Moot Hall Organ Sounds Out Again Some of you may remember my first post from 2013 about this excellent news from Colchester: Heritage Lottery Strikes Again: Another Organ To Be Restored! According to Ian Ray, Colchester’s Borough organist, “the … Continue reading

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Old Ladies in Church — Not What You Think

Church Organ Collection in Denmark under Threat If we in America think our churches are dwindling away, postponing necessary maintenance due to lack of money, and closing because of insufficient donations to pay the heating and electrical bills, our more … Continue reading

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E Johnston’s “Resurrection Morn”

Hello Michael. I already have in my hands as usual without any problem the PDF you sent me. The composition “Resurrection Morn” by Edward Johnston is very special and interesting. I sincerely recommend his compositions to share in recitals. Thank … Continue reading

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The Deer Don’t Complain

Pipe Organ Goes Digital “A retired Moncton teacher has taken his love of music and turned it into a homemade, electric pipe organ—in his basement. Owen Fraser bought a digital organ program, wired the organ himself, and built the wooden casing … Continue reading

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What Do Mozart and Bruckner Have in Common?

Bruckner’s Last Finale The answer is that they both have stage plays and a movie about them. We have all seen and discussed the oddities and inconsistencies about Amadeus, but the end result of the popularity of the drama with … Continue reading

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